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Chelsea news: Kurt Zouma left exposed in humbling defeat by Manchester United

As Manchester United broke away to score their fourth goal, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was lying flat on his back in the opposition’s penalty area. Given the kind of afternoon Zouma had endured up until that point, it felt like the safest place for him. The young Frenchman – trying to start again at Chelsea after a serious knee injury three years ago – will have better days than this and so too will Frank Lampard’s team.

This was simply one of those to forget.

Kurt Zouma looked nervous and conceded a first-half penalty by fouling Marcus Rashford

Frank Lampard has a lot of work to do to improve his sides defending after a first defeat

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Chelsea had enough possession and opportunities to score but could not. They hit the woodwork twice in the first half.But United were better across the back, quicker and more decisive on the counter and, crucially, did not make the individual mistakes that Chelsea did. At this level, a team cannot defend like Chelsea and expect to take anything but disappointment from a big game.

 If they do not improve very quickly then things are likely to get ugly pretty quickly against Liverpool in the Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday.Zouma was the worst of the bunch at an increasingly energised Old Trafford and the timing of that was particularly unfortunate for the 24-year-old and his manager.


The French defender commits a foul on Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira 

The young Frenchman will enjoy better days in a Chelsea shirt after an error-strewn displayWith Lampard having jettisoned David Luiz to Arsenal in the week and without the injured Antonio Rudiger, he needed something worthwhile from Zouma here and got absolutely nothing like it.

He was not alone. Cesar Azpilicueta failed miserably to get the right side of Anthony Martial as United scored their second goal and then let Marcus Rashford run clear on to Paul Pogba’s pass a minute later. That was the game right there. Gone in sixty seconds.But it was Zouma who set the tone of Chelsea’s afternoon with a series of errors in the opening moments.

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